Safety guidelines for clearing snow from fire hydrants
- Stop shoveling if you experience shortness of breath or chest pain and call 911 or seek medical attention.
- Clear at least a 3’ circle of snow from the area around the hydrant.
- Do not stand on the road way to shovel the hydrant and always be aware of all hazards including traffic.
- Do not put the snow cleared from the hydrant back into the street, in driveways, on the sidewalk, or any other right of ways.
- If any parts of the hydrant are missing, such as caps, record the closest address of the hydrant and call the Public Works Department at 715-682-7061, or the Fire Department at 715-682-7072.
- If you have any water or ice coming from any opening of the hydrant, record the closest address of the hydrant to report and call the Utility Department at 715-682-7058, or the Fire Department at 715-682-7052.
- Hand shoveling or using a snow blower is the best option for clearing snow from a hydrant, do not use a snow plow.
- If working with a group to clear a number of hydrants, appoint a person to watch for hazards and traffic.
- Only clear snow from hydrants during daylight hours.
- Wear highly visible and proper weather related clothing when clearing snow from hydrants.
Thank you!!! for your assistance in keeping our hydrants clear and accessible - Every Second Counts!
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